Welcome to The Penny Seats' Ninth Summer Season, and our July musical, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Sheveglove and Larry Gelbart.  Sign up for an audition slot below!


Auditions will be held on MondayFebruary 25, 2019 at the Ann Arbor Senior Center from 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Address: 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI  48104


This riotous Broadway classic will be directed by Phil Simmons and performed in Ann Arbor’s West Park, July 11-27, 2019. We will be gender-blind casting this bawdy farce, so all roles are on the table. Please come prepared with TWO contrasting 32-bar selections and do bring any necessary sheet music for our accompanist. All positions will be paid a stipend, but no Equity contracts will be available. 


Read through the stuff below, and click on the links to grab a time slot! (If we run short of slots, we'll add more.)  


NOTE:  if you can't make the audition and want to send in a video audition, our summer director is comfortable with that.  Please send your video to, with the subject line, VIDEO AUDITION OF [YOUR NAME] FOR FORUM.


ALSO:  Feel free to share this notice far and wide!  And/or, forward it to particular people, if you think they would be awesome.  Help us get the word out!  Then, you can brag about how you got [Insert Friend’s Name] the lead role because you told them.


Come play with us!  It's gonna be a remarkable summer.  And as always, if you have any questions or concerns about the process, we'll do our best to answer them.  Thanks.


The Penny Folks




A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a classic farcical musical. Stephen Sondheim, Larry Gelbart, and Burt Shevelove's uproarious comedy about Pseudolus, a slave with cunning to spare and their attempts to send the beautiful, but delightfully stupid courtesan Philia into the arms of young master, Hero in exchange for freedom from bondage. Bawdy twists and mistaken identity bring the giggles from start to curtain. Forum begins rehearsal on or about the first week of May, and performs July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27.  All shows will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s West Park. Directed by Phil Simmons.



Character Breakdown

  • Pseudolus: A Roman slave, owned by Hero, who seeks to win freedom by helping Hero win the heart of Philia. The name Pseudolus means "Faker".
  • Hero: Young son of Senex who falls in love with the virgin, Philia.
  • Philia: (Greek for "love") A virgin in the house of Marcus Lycus, and Hero's love interest. Her name is also a homophone of the Latin word "Filia," which means daughter. This foreshadows her status as the daughter of Erronius.
  • Hysterium: (Latin for "Hysterical", or "Anxious") The chief slave in the house of Senex.
  • Senex: (Latin for "old man") A henpecked, sardonic Roman senator living in a less fashionable suburb of Rome.
  • Domina: (Latin for "mistress") The wife of Senex. A manipulative woman who is loathed by even her husband.
  • Marcus Lycus: A purveyor of courtesans, who operates from the house to the left of Senex. (Name based on Lycus, the prostitute in Plautus's Poenulus.)
  • Miles Gloriosus: (Latin for "boastful soldier," the archetype of the braggart soldier in Roman comedies) A captain in the Roman army to whom Marcus Lycus has promised Philia.
  • Erronius: (Latin for "wandering") Senex's elderly neighbor in the house to the right. He has spent the past twenty years searching for his two children, kidnapped in infancy by pirates.
  • Gymnasia: (Greek for "Athletic", with the connotation of nakedness) A courtesan from the house of Lycus with whom Pseudolus falls in love.
  • Tintinabula: (Latin for "Bells") A jingling, bell-wearing courtesan in the house of Lycus.
  • Vibrata: (Latin for "Vibrant") A wild, vibrant courtesan in the house of Lycus.
  • Geminae: (Latin for "Twins") Twin courtesans in the house of Lycus.
  • Panacea: (Greek for "Cure All") A courtesan in the house of Lycus.
  • Proteans: Choristers who play multiple roles (slaves, citizens, soldiers, and eunuchs). They accompany Pseudolus in "Comedy Tonight".



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The Penny Seats began in 2010 with the idea that Ann Arbor deserves to be brimming with excellent live theater that is easy to get to and won’t break the bank. We think high-quality performances can occur in casual environments, and should not have to cost patrons top dollar. Thus, our mission is to create excellent, accessible, affordable theater and to provide a creative outlet for experienced Michigan theatre artists.